Refining your Research Project

Thursday 9 May 2019 | Melbourne Law School | Room 920
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | 185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Afternoon tea will be provided to participants from 2:30 pm in the common room.

Becoming a scholar is an ongoing process. As researchers, we routinely turn to other scholars to help us frame our projects, discuss intellectual traditions and approaches, and puzzle through the questions they raise for our work.

We are delighted that Professor Kerry Rittich, from the University of Toronto, will be joining us as an IILAH visitor in May. As part of her visit, she has agreed to participate in a diagnostic workshop designed to help PhD students and Early Career Researchers refine their projects, no matter what stage they are at. Professor Rittich has extensive experience teaching theory and method to both faculty and graduate students, and has commented on a wide array of PhD, SJD and other research projects across many institutional contexts and countries. Her own interests are broad, stretching from legal theory to international law, labour law, globalisation and development, family law, gender, sexuality, distributive justice, human rights, discrimination, and constitutional adjudication.

At the workshop, a small number of presenting participants will be selected to briefly present their work and receive feedback from Professor Rittich and the other participants. Selected participants will be asked to provide a short document of 3000 words to be shared with other participants beforehand. Non-presenting participants are also welcome, and will share in the chance to develop their skills on engaging with the work of others, and offering and receiving feedback with a world leading scholar.

If you would like to participate, whether as a presenter or non-presenting participant, please email Balawyn Jones at as soon as possible, and certainly before Thursday 2 May, attaching a one paragraph description of your current project, and a one paragraph bio. You can mention what you would most like help with if you wish. Your document could be anything research project related, including a book proposal, section of a chapter, project outline and so on. Sooner is better so we can craft the event depending on who will attend. Certainly confirm your attendance for catering purposes before Monday 6 May. Non-MLS, and non-law scholars and PhDs are also very welcome.